Liverpool’s season starts tomorrow (again)

There have been numerous predictions of a new start for Liverpool FC this season. The actual start of the season, the 6th game after they had stumbled through 5 tricky opening games, and there is another new beginning tomorrow. For two reasons though this really could be the beginning of a change in fortunes for…

Bolstering the left-wing dimensions

I recently saw an interview with Gabriel Kuhn, whose book, ‘Soccer and the State’, was part of the inspiration for me to write the Political Footballers XI posts last year. If you haven’t read the book I recommend it wholeheartedly. Kuhn highlights some of the key stories and people from football’s prickly relationship with politics. Here…

LFC Season Preview 2011-12

A year ago today I was writing a season preview for Liverpool for the 2011-12 season.  The difference between the two seasons is really quite extraordinary.  Last year was all about lowering expectations and hoping that a couple of free transfers (Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic) would add something extra to the team.  I was…

Are Liverpool FC getting their swagger back?

Since the return of Kenny Dalglish to the manager’s seat there has been a turn around in the belief of Liverpool fans.  Yet the last two pre-season friendlies finished in 3-0 defeats for the Reds.  Kenny said afterwards that he thinks the games will have been a valuable learning experience for his team.  It is…

Football & the Statistical Revolution

As Bill Shankly told us, ‘Football is a simple game based on the giving and taking of passes, of controlling the ball and of making yourself available to receive a pass. It is terribly simple.’  I have been wondering what the great man would make of the number-led revolution that is sweeping through football.  Instead…

Babel: a Moneyball departure…?

There has been a lot of analysis and speculation as to which kind of players Liverpool will now attempt to sign as they come to the end of the first transfer window under the ownership of the Fenway Sports Group.  Luis Suarez and Charlie Adam seem to be prime candidates, although both Ajax and Blackpool…

Head and shoulders above the rest of the dross…

John W Henry, Linda Pizzuti and Damien Comolli were there, apparently scouts from Manchester United were there, me and my uncle were there too.  Our presence is about the only thing we have in common.  But we all saw a first class, 45 minute performance from Steven Gerrard.  The captain showed again last night that…

Liverpool v Napoli…

In my second week back in England, and I will be heading back to Anfield tonight. I arrived back in the North after a few days down south to find the heavens are emptying themselves all over the streets, houses and fields here.  Grey clouds are hanging low over the land, pregnant with North-West water,…

Liverpool 2-1 Blackburn

I saw my first game back at Anfield today after 5 years out of the country.  It was my good fortune that it was also the first game after the end of the disastrous reign of Hicks & Gillett.  It was good to be back and see that some things have changed and some things…

5 years, going backwards?

I left England on 27th January 2006.  At that time Liverpool, the reigning European Champions, had just lost 1-0 away to Manchester United.  The last game I went to was on the 14th January at home against Tottenham Hotspur.  Liverpool won 1-0 thanks to a Harry Kewell goal. The team sheet that day read: Reina…

The wind of change blowing through LFC?

With Roy Hodgson’s extensive experience in European football he must have come across The Scorpions and their 90’s power ballad “Wind of Change” that may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing down the Berlin Wall, finishing off communism and winning the Eurovision Song Contest.  Well if he is then it might have been an inspiration for…